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Saturday, July 6, 2013

Summer Redeemed

This summer is divided into 3 parts-Beginning, Moving, and End.  I decided we better get busy enjoying the beginning, because the other two parts are full of Have-To’s.  Once we set our mind to it, we had no problem checking things off the annual summer to-do list. 

We had an invite with some dance friends to the waterpark.  Perfect day-cloudy but warm!     


Sof had a great time, and the big girls were great about taking her on the waterslide!



The great thing about water activities is any age enjoys them…4, 11, AND 14. 

Sof and I had some visits with Aunt Anne.  These often happen when Mommy is sick of entertaining Sofie.

24 Sof asked to make brownies, and of course Aunt Anne said yes.  When she realized she didn’t have any eggs we looked online for egg substitutes.  Mayo came up as an option.  Let me assure you it does not work.  Didn’t matter, Sof was more interested in the making of them.  


We discovered Tiny Town, which is a new favorite of mine.  Super cute play stuff for Sof’s age.  She loved it and so did I!


Lexi and I went paddle boarding one morning.  We loved it when we did it last year, and we were very confident leaving the beach.  It seemed like a perfect morning for it.  As we went along it seemed to get choppier.  By the time we were across the lake it was so windy that Lexi couldn’t get her board pointed in the right direction.  Long story short, we ended up paddling to the beach, borrowing a cell phone, and calling the paddle board guy to come get us.  We got a pontoon ride back, and laughed about the whole thing over lunch.  We’ll try it again on a little calmer day:) 


We had a cousin day out.  We couldn’t quite decide what to do so we did it all.  Lunch first.


Movie next.


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We finished out the day at the sprinkler park.



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Ummmmm, is my baby pole dancing?  She’ll never make any money wearing those goggles.

Best part of the day?  While we were havin’ fun Em’s MIL was back at the house making us dinner!


Adrienne went downtown to see a contemporary dance troop with her dance friends. 



All three girls did musical theater camp.  Livy also joined them.  Adrienne was a helper for the camp from 9-3, then from 4-8 she stayed for a vocal camp herself.  At the end of the week they all performed.





The show was the “Granny Awards” and Alexa was the Granny!  She did great!



Kaitlyn usually does musical theater camp too, but this year she decided she wanted to do gymnastics instead!  One day after camp the girls and I all went to pick her up together.


Then we went back to the house for some afternoon fun.



With all that kid time we needed some grown up time too.  Dinner at “Palate” was the perfect night out! 


After some rejuvenation we were ready for the next event-Balloon Fest! 

10 Unfortunately, the weather didn’t cooperate for an actual balloon launching, but it was still cool to see them all blown up in the field!




Random big news in the family…Ellen is having another baby boy!  We went to a gender reveal party at their house.  Such a cool way to share big news with friends and family!

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That sums up the beginning of our summer.  Now we’re onto the moving part.  We close Monday, and mover’s come Thursday.  Let the fun begin!


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